Vanguard Summer 2019 Newsletter


As a reminder, we will no longer send a paper version of our monthly newsletter and are transitioning to an electronic form only. Please watch for the newsletter to appear in your email each month!

Be Sure All School Fees are Current
Please be sure that all school fees (tuition, beforecare, Ignite, field trips, etc) are paid in full before the end of the school year. Accounts must be current before we release any student records and before your student can return to school next year.

Graduation will take place on June 28th at 6:30pm at Northhaven United Methodist Church. The address is 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230. We invite you to come celebrate this momentous event with our graduates!

End-of-Year Conferences
The end-of-year conferences are optional and will be scheduled on the last day of school, Wednesday July 3rd. Look for more information regarding sign-up in an upcoming Wednesday folder.

Yearbook Delivery
Yearbooks were delivered this week and will be handed out to each student who has purchased one. We have several extras – if you would like one, please complete and return the form sent home in today’s Wednesday folder (6/19). We hope you will enjoy looking back on all that has happened over the 2018-2019 school year!

Family Movie Night
The Houses of Vanguard are proud to host an all school movie night on Thursday, June 27th from 6:00 to 8:30. The featured movie will be Space Jam! Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and any snacks or drinks you would like. The school will provide popcorn and water/sodas as well.

Vanguard Athletics
The 2018-2019 school year marked another success for the Vanguard Vikings! Our year began with an undefeated run in indoor soccer in the fall! Winter saw the Vikings finish second in basketball! Our seasons wrapped up with kickball this Spring. A special thanks to all our Vanguard Viking families who helped support our athletes throughout the year!! Without your support and dedication, none of our programs would be successful.

Now we get ready for the upcoming 2019-2020 sports year! Vanguard will once again be competing in soccer, basketball, and kickball. To allow more students to participate, all of our teams will be open to both high school and middle school students! We will have more information when school is back in session in August. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Chris at

Junior Ring Ceremony
Our Junior Ring Ceremony was a special occasion this year. In addition to receiving their high school rings, family members read a personalized letter to each of the Juniors. There were many expressions of pride and words of encouragement shared with these students. We know this will be a day to remember for the students as well as the families!

Last month, our high school students had a fun-filled night at our Hollywood-themed prom at the Canyon Creek Country Club. They enjoyed good music, lots of dancing, and making memories with their friends.

Spirit Week & Field Day
We ended our Spirit Week with an exciting field day full of fun and games. The Vanguard Houses completed in tug-of-war with the Orange team coming out victorious! Students also participated in a balloon toss and relay races with their own grades levels. The Vanguard Parent Association received many donations for students to throw a pie in the face of the staff member of their choice – this was a favorite part of the day!

Band Concert
The beginner and advanced bands showed off their skills during their spring concert in May. We are so proud of their hard work and achievements!

Jumpstreet Special Event
Jumpstreet will be hosting a semi-private event on the first Saturday of the month for children with special needs. Please visit their website for the location nearest you!
Who is invited: Children with special needs (and siblings)
Time: 9:00-10:00 (private hour)
10:00-11:00 (open to the public)
Price: Ages 4 and above – $8.00 (includes 2 hours and a fun pass); Ages 3 and under – $4.00; Parents/Guardians get in free)

Screenagers – Screen Time Myths
Continuing with the topic of screen time, click here for a recent blog from Screenagers. You can find weekly “Tech Talk Tuesday” blog posts on the Screenagers website.

Middle School and High School New Mexico Trip
Please save the date for our 17th Annual New Mexico trip on July 27th – August 2nd. It’s the perfect opportunity for your child to have a camp-like experience with a group of familiar students and staff. There are still few spots available so let Lauren know if you want to sign up or have any questions. The total cost is $1,585.

Ignite After School and Summer Programming
If you would like to enroll your child in the Ignite after-school program for the summer, please find an enrollment form at the front desk. Dates that Ignite will be in session this summer are as follows; associated fees are noted as well.
• July 1-3 ($100)
• July 8 – August 9 ($250 per week)
• August 21-30 ($180)
Ignite will be closed on the following dates:
• July 4 (Holiday)
• August 12-20 (Staff Development Days)

Counselor Corner
During the summer, the counselors and therapists are working hard to help students remember all they have learned during the year by putting it into practice! We are working on teamwork and sportsmanship by playing games, building Lego structures and turn taking in groups. Students are encouraged to work together to achieve a common goal, all while using communication, conflict resolution and observing and setting boundaries. As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, the counselors and therapists all want to challenge students and families to continue to grow, share and learn from each other over the summer break. Thank you for all of your hard work this year! We look forward to continuing the journey in the fall!

Important Dates to Remember
6/20 Senior Capping Ceremony 1:00pm
6/27 Last day for Seniors
6/28 Graduation 6:30pm
7/3 Last day of School; Optional End of Year Conferences
7/4 Ignite Closed
7/4 – 8/20 Summer Break

2019-2020 School Year – Fall Save the Date
8/12 – 8/20 Staff Development; Ignite Closed
8/15 New Parent Orientation 6:00pm
8/20 Meet the Teacher / MS and HS schedule pick-up
– Lower School – 5:30pm
– Middle School – 6:00pm
– High School – 6:30pm
8/21 First Day of School / Ignite Resumes
8/30 Open House 8:15am / VPA General Meeting 9:00am
9/2 Labor Day (No School) / Ignite Closed
9/27 State Fair Day (No School) / Ignite Open
10/7 – 10/11 Fall Break / Ignite Open
10/21 Staff Development Day (No School) / Ignite Open
10/16 PSAT
10/26 Trunk or Treat

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Our mission is to enrich children’s lives by fostering independence, self-esteem, and compassion for others.

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March 2019 Newsletter


Announcing the Vanguard Center for Neurological Health

Over the years, families have requested access to a range of clinical services at Vanguard including individual and family counseling and speech-language, occupational, and neurotherapies. The availability of these services on campus would be convenient for families and improve communication and collaboration with teachers and staff. We listened to you and we are excited to announce the new Vanguard Center for Neurological Health! Effective immediately, individual and family counseling and neurotherapies are available on a limited basis. We have added two counselors this year and are adding a psychologist, counselor, speech-language pathologist, and occupational therapist to offer a full range of services during the 2019-2020 school year.

For Vanguard families, individual and family therapy is $100 per hour. Neurotherapies are $125 per hour. To schedule an individual or family therapy appointment with Kevin Goodnight, Julie Dyer, Steven Barnett, or Lea Roman or to schedule a neurotherapy consult with Dr. Jay Mishalanie, please contact Kerry @ or (214) 356-9364.

Staff Updates
Jill Herrington has consulted with Vanguard on process improvement for the past year and also volunteered on the VPA Scholarship Committee. We are excited to announce that Jill has joined the school full-time as Operations Director and will also assume the registrar functions previously handled by Martha Sharrock. Jill can be reached Martha has completed her Registered Behavior Technician coursework and will begin working with students who need more individualized attention while Lauren Campos has assumed the role of receptionist. Lauren can be reached @ Please join us in welcoming Jill and Lauren to the team and congratulating Martha on her new role!

2019-2020 Enrollment Contracts
Congratulations to Brian and Julie Himpelmann on winning the drawing for a free month’s tuition! Please remember to return your student’s enrollment contract by this Friday, March 22nd to ensure a spot for next year. We will begin releasing spots next week to families on the lower and middle school waiting lists.

Gala at the Dallas World Aquarium – Free Childcare!
Please remember to buy your tickets to the annual VPA Gala by this Friday, March 22nd to receive free childcare. The Gala is Saturday, April 13 that 7:00 pm at the Dallas World Aquarium. Tickets may be purchased @ This will be a fun evening in the rainforest and aquarium with silent and live auctions, dinner, and an open bar! If you need financial assistance to attend the event, please contact Patti Pickering @

We are still looking for vacation getaways, airline miles, sporting tickets, concert tickets, and sports memorabilia for the live and silent auctions. If you have access to any of the above and would be willing to donate, please let us know. Call the front desk 972-404-1616 or email

VPA Basket Making Party
Join us for a basket making party on Sunday, March 31st from 1:00-3:00 pm at Vanguard to help us prepare for the Wild About Vanguard gala and auction! Bring donated items to contribute to one of our themed baskets. The VPA will provide the assembly supplies (including the basket), and you will bring donated items to contribute to the themed baskets! This is an adults only event. Time to hang out and have fun (kids don’t want to come to school on Sunday anyway)! Snacks will be provided, and you are welcome to BYOB. To sign up to participate or donate an item, go to: Please send donated items no later than Friday, March 29th.

Middle School and High School New Mexico Trip
Save The Date! Every year, students in the middle and high schools have the opportunity to hike, whitewater raft, play games, hang with friends, and explore the wonders of beautiful Taos, New Mexico along with some of our Vanguard staff! We will stay at SMU’s Fort Burgwin in camp-like group casitas. If you are interested, please save the date for our 17thannual New Mexico trip from July 27-August 2.

Diversity and Inclusion Education

We were excited to host Mia Mbroh, LPC as a guest speaker on March 18th for a discussion with our middle and high school students on diversity and inclusion. Mia balanced interactive exercises with discussion to help students understand how we form our identities and define who we are in the world. The students also examined the concept of how we often only see people with our eyes and neglect the unseen elements that reflect who we are inside. She also reviewed relevant vocabulary such as bias, prejudice, stereotypes, etc. Mia complimented our students for being so engaged and respectful during her presentation. We look forward having her speak with our students again!

NAMI Basics
Thursdays, April 4th– May 9th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
No cost for Vanguard families
RSVP: register at:

This is a six-week education program for parents or other caregivers of children and teens who have symptoms of or who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. This class is taught by family members who have experience caring for a child with a mental health condition. Join us to learn the facts about mental health, discover ways to support and advocate for your child, and hear about the experiences of other families. Childcare will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Janette Warne @

SAMA Training
Saturday, April 6th 9am-6pm
Cost: $100 per participant
RSVP: Please text Frank Farino at 214-770-1518

SAMA (Satori Aggression Management Alternatives) is a method used to diffuse anxious or hostile behavior and to provide safe and appropriate protection and containment when an individual is a danger to self or others. The Vanguard Staff and many Vanguard families have been trained in SAMA. A member of our staff, Frank Farino, has been trained as a trainer and is offering a class for parents and other adult family members. One hundred percent of families who have completed SAMA training recommend it to others!

Vanguard Sports
Basketball – Another successful Vanguard Viking Basketball season has drawn to a close. We finished the season 4 and 3 and 2nd in the league overall! It was a great year as we had a new wave of players join the veterans from last year. Our individual award winners included Nick Dean (Defensive MVP), Jack Steele (Offensive MVP), Jake Peterson (Most Improved Player), and Dwight Clasby (Team MVP). Thanks to all the parents, staff, and fans who came out for the games. Your support is crucial to keeping the momentum going. Thanks to Chris Cousins and Harry Dyas for leading our students to greatness!

Kickball – Kickball season is fast approaching. Practices will be on Thursdays beginning March 28th with games on Wednesdays from April 10thto May 15th. A registration form will be sent in the Wednesday folder for those who are interested. Chris, Harry and Steven will be coaching this year.

Classroom #11 Fieldtrips
Following the success of our February field trip to the Dallas Children’s Aquarium (we got to hand feed stingrays!!!!), Classroom 11 will be venturing to Legoland Discovery Center for a day of Lego adventures and excitement!

Counselor Corner
This month in the Lower School, students are learning mindfulness skills, sharing honest, authentic emotions, and practicing the art of working with others. Turn taking, perspective taking, and practicing expected social interaction behaviors have been a primary focus as well.

Middle School students are learning about different forms of mindfulness exercises to calm the “flipped lid” brain and deepening their understanding of emotions including the importance of managing emotions in social interactions and communicating emotions in an effective way. They are also hearing a lot about having “flexible” rather than “stuck” thinking.

High School students are learning to recognize that their relationships are affected by the different “games we play” which prevent us from developing healthy relationships. Thanks to the parents who attended the educational seminar on this topic with Mr. Goodnight.

In all grade levels, conflict resolution is an ongoing topic as students practice the importance of working through a problem and accepting their role in a conflict in order to reach an agreed upon resolution.


It’s important that we keep cars out of the street, so please keep the line moving! If you need to speak with teachers or other staff, please park in a parking space and come into the building.

April 11 End of 3rd Quarter Noon dismissal; Ignite open
April 12 Parent Conferences
April 17 Bingo 6:00-7:30 pm
April 19 Easter/Passover No school; Ignite Closed
April 22 Easter/Passover No school; Ignite Open
April 26-28 Annual Dads’ Campout
June 27 Movie Night 6:00-8:30 pm


2019 Annual Gala
Saturday, April 13

Spring Open House
May 10, 8:00am

High School Prom
May 17, 7:00pm

Junior Ring Ceremony
June 13, 1:00pm

High School Graduation
June 28, 6:30pm

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